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Saturday Mail Delivery to End, Postal Service Announces

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced, Wednesday morning, that it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

Rich Morey February 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM
This will not effect me at all. The postal service could switch to delivery three days a week and I would be fine. I receive and pay all my bills electronically and most of my magazine subscriptions are digital so I can read them on my Android tablet.
Preliator February 06, 2013 at 05:36 PM
The US Postal Service was in the red to the tune of 16 Billion (yes billion) last year alone. The alleged 2 billion they'll save ending some service is just a drop in the bucket.
S.B. Bonacker February 06, 2013 at 05:53 PM
The Post Office's Current Business Model = extinct in 10 years, when everything goes electronic and they are forced to sell to a private operation for delivery.
Rick Hoyt February 07, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Now If We Could Down-Size( Right-Size ) - The Amorphous Tyrannical Government, We would all be Better Off.
Rich Morey February 08, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Wow "Dog", bitter much? You must be an over-paid postal employee who will soon "go postal". Maybe you should talk to a psychiatrist and get some medication before we have another mass killing on our hands.

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